Schiano’s Defense: By The NumbersNovember 12th, 2013
Yes, the Bucs’ defense, aka the Rutgers defense, belongs to Greg Schiano. Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan made that clear when he was hired.
A huge question entering 2013 was whether Schiano’s defense would thrive in the NFL after a rough opening season.
If you look at the numbers, the defense is having success.
Points allowed per game – 23.2 (15th-ranked in the NFL)
Yards per game – 333 (14th)
Passing yards allowed per game – 237 (14th)
Rushing yards allowed per game – 95.8 (5th)
No, this is nothing to celebrate, especially with a garbage pass rush. But the Bucs are executing defensively better than most teams in the NFL. Again, that should be expected when you have legitimate superstars at each level of the defense — D-line, linebacker and secondary.
Greg Schiano must win a majority of his remaining schedule to save his job, Joe believes. But his final job-security assessment could include a more thorough study of production. If the Bucs finish with a top-10 defense, that could go a long way in the minds of Team Glazer.